Honda SUV e:prototype could preview new electric model for UK

The Honda SUV e:prototype will go on sale in China by early 2022 and could be Honda's next electric car in the UK

Honda SUV e:prototype

A second fully electric model will join the Honda e city car in the Japanese brand's UK line-up within the next two years, Honda UK boss Jean-Marc Streng has said. Speaking to DrivingElectric, Streng revealed: “We are going to bring a new model of BEV [battery electric vehicle] in 2023 – that's the next step, which will help us to have a wider offer.”

Streng didn't go into any further detail about the new electric car, beyond saying that “it’s going to be an offer in the right segment, which will achieve more sales.” That strongly suggests a larger and more practical model, in all likelihood an SUV similar to the e:prototype (pictured above( that the brand unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2021.

This was a more conventional development of the three-door SUV e:concept (pictured below) seen at the Beijing show in 2020. That car had a far more rakish, three-door design, featured a sloping roofline and was generally more futuristic than the conventional styling of the design unveiled in Shanghai.

No official details on the SUV e:prototype’s powertrain have been released, but it'll almost certainly use a larger battery than the 35.5kWh unit in the Honda e city car, which has a maximum range of just 137 miles. Size-wise, it's expected to sit somewhere between the Jazz supermini and HR-V compact SUV – both hybrid-only models.

Honda says the SUV e:prototype is close to the design of a production model that'll go on sale in China by early 2022 – and could also be the model alluded to by Streng, which will go on sale in the UK in 2023.

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